The Horn of Plenty

South West England Devon Tavistock

  • From £130 a night
  • 16 guest rooms
  • Boutique Hotel
  • Country House Hotel

A beautifully located boutique hotel overlooking the lovely Tamar Valley.

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Almost bang on the Devon-Cornwall border, high above the Tamar Valley, the Horn of Plenty looks like the house of your richest friend – and if you don’t have a pal like that, then you still get to stay in this rather splendid country manor house, enjoying its impeccable service and attention to detail (though you will have to pay!), and what’s more you can bring your faithful friend too.

Built in 1866, it was the former crib of a local mine-owner, later converted into a restaurant in the 1960s, when its then owner became the first British woman to be awarded a Michelin star. It’s now been a hotel for thirty years, and the individually designed guest rooms have more than kept pace with the times – they are spacious and well-equipped, with high-quality beds, sleek bathrooms with all the luxuries you would expect, and sweeping views (most of the rooms have balconies) – indeed the hotel was the Good Hotel Guide’s editor’s choice for UK ‘Rooms with a View’ recently and was one of The Times Top 40 places to stay in Britain last year. The rooms vary in size but all offer a Freeview TVs, coffee- and tea-making facilities, bottled water, fresh milk and a mini bar, luxury bathrobes, hair dryer, TV and wifi. The six rooms in the main house retain their high ceilings, large windows and original fireplaces; the ten rooms in the coach house conversions are pretty stunning spaces with a contemporary country feel.

All of the coach house rooms are dog-friendly, with a maximum of two dogs per room, and your dog is welcome in the library but not in the restaurant or drawing room. They offer a Bob & Lush doggie dinner the first night, and a bowl. There are also five acres of grounds for walkies, as well as loads of walks into the countryside beyond, either in the valley below or further afield to Dartmoor. There’s an outside hosepipe back at the hotel for muddy paws (and towels are available on request),

Other facilities include on-site spa treatments and massages in association with a local Tavistock gym and treatment centre, afternoon teas in the drawing room, the library or on the patio and lovely outdoor weddings in the gardens if the weather is kind (they also do more intimate, indoors affairs). The food too is bang up-to-date and is the other star attraction at the Horn of Plenty. Expect admirably executed and perfectly formed lunch and dinner menus that are full of delicious, original choices, from local wood pigeon and wild rabbit to Brixham mackerel and Dartmoor lamb – and at decent prices too for country-house living – the five-course tasting menu gets you the chef’s best seasonal effort, rounded off with tasty Devonshire cheeses.

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We have 6 acres of stunning gardens to wander, log fires in winter and comfy chairs in which to curl up and enjoy a good book. In summer, sip a G&T on our lovely patio and enjoy stunning views with magical sunsets. Dogs are welcome in some of our garden rooms. They'll love wandering the gardens, and the direct access onto 25km of Tamar Trails.  Dartmoor is just a 10-minute drive away.

Suitable For

The Horn of Plenty is great for couples looking for a relaxing getaway. With fantastic views to accompany a nice glass of wine, you couldn't ask for a more romantic location. We allow dogs in ground floor rooms in our coach house, we also have family rooms available upon request. 


We're just 10 minutes' from Dartmoor, and less than 20 minutes from Cotehele, The Garden House and Buckland Abbey.  An hour's drive will take you to both north and south Devon coasts, with stunning beaches and the wonderful South West Coastal Path.


Open all year.


Prices range from £130 - £295 for Bed & Breakfast and range from £215 - £380 for Dinner Bed and Breakfast. They charge £10 a night for dogs and they offer a delicious Bob & Lush doggie dinner the first night, and a bowl. There’s also a hosepipe available for mucky paws.

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We're an independently owned 4 Star Hotel with 3 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence.  


Contact Website  01822 832 528  The Horn of Plenty, Gulworthy Tavistock Devon PL19 8JD

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Getting There

From Tavistock take the A390 west towards Gunnislake; pass through the village of Gulworthy and make a right; the hotel is on the left.

The nearest train station is Gunnislake, just a short 5 minute drive from The Horn of Plenty. You can travel directly from Plymouth, which has direct links to London. 


  • Accessible Facilities
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Bar
  • Coffee/Tea Facilities
  • Family Rooms
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Open Fire
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Spa & Treatments
  • Wifi

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  • Dog-Friendly
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  • Historic
  • Rural Retreat
  • Sensational Views
  • Walking
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